“The Lost Episode” – Extreme Metal…exclusive short preview

From Sam Dunn, creator of Metal Evolution, and now Extreme Metal, “The Lost Episode:

Greetings Bangers…

It’s been a busy few weeks here at BangerHQ and I wanted to get you all in the loop regarding “The Lost Episode” – Extreme Metal.

Unfortunately, as you know, we are running a little bit behind schedule finishing the episode and we won’t be able to deliver it in time for Christmas. We’re very sorry for this, but the delay happened for one very good reason…

Thanks to your overwhelming support during our final campaign, we were able to film one last interview we weren’t able to do this summer due to conflicting schedules. Just days after the end of the campaign we packed our bags and flew to Newcastle, England, to meet with Mantas, and hear Venom’s story first hand. This last minute trip put us behind schedule, but we’re now back on track and working hard to get the episode done as soon as possible!

We also plan to post a short preview of the episode in a few days, however I wanted to send you guys a private link first, before anyone else gets to see it. The password is “Venom” – I hope you enjoy the clip and that it proves that getting the Mantas interview was well worth it.

Besides the Extreme Metal episode, we has a lot of killer stuff coming in 2014. It’s our 10th anniversary year at Banger (!) and it’s gonna be our busiest year yet. Hope you enjoy what’s coming down the pipeline.

Thank you again for supporting this project – it’s been an amazing experience documenting the story of Extreme Metal and we couldn’t have done it without you!

Horns.

Sam \m/

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Banger Films Launches Final “Extreme Metal” Crowndfunding Push

Award-Winning Metal Filmmakers Join Forces with Underground Metal Community to Complete “Extreme Metal”

After an enormously successful IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign raising nearly $40,000, Grammy-nominated and Juno-winning Banger Films is embarking on a final push to create the “Lost Episode” of the series Metal Evolution: Extreme Metal. The episode will take viewers on an unprecedented journey across Europe and North America to tell the story of metal’s most aggressive and misunderstood sub-genre.

“Our first IndieGoGo campaign was a huge success and we were blown-away by the support of the metal community,” says Banger Films co-founder Sam Dunn. “The research, writing, travel and filming is now complete and we’ve captured some amazing interviews and footage. But we need to turn this footage into an episode!” The new campaign kicked off Friday, August 9th. Details of the campaign, including a brand-new trailer featuring exclusive footage from Banger’s Extreme Metal filming trip, can be found here: igg.me/at/LostEpisode

Originally broadcast on VH1 Classic (USA) and Much More Music (Canada), Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn’s series Metal Evolution presented 11 episodes based on the “Heavy Metal Family Tree” originally shown in their groundbreaking documentary, Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey. Host and metalhead-turned-anthropologist Sam Dunn crisscrossed the globe exploring the vast history of Heavy Metal across its 40+ year history, covering everything from the Pre-History of Metal and Shock Rock to Grunge and Thrash Metal. But one very important episode was left out: Extreme Metal. “Some of the networks felt that Extreme Metal was too heavy or too niche. We’re out to prove that Extreme Metal is metal’s most vital sub-genre and that metal would probably die without it!,” says Dunn.

Tom Gabriel Warrior, legendary frontman for extreme metal bands Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, and Triptykon, was interviewed by Dunn for the episode: “It was an absolute honour and a pleasure to host Sam and his outstanding team at my place in Zurich. That extreme metal has been overlooked in this series so far is a scandal. This episode is utterly overdue!”

Bands appearing in the episode include Venom, Celtic Frost/Hellhammer, Slayer, Napalm Death, Carcass, Death, Morbid Angel, Obituary, Darkthrone, Mayhem, Emperor, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Enslaved, Gojira and more. The episode will also feature some renowned locations in the history of Extreme Metal including Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida, as well as travel footage from Norway, Switzerland, UK, US, and Hellfest (France), one of the world’s biggest metal festivals.

Contributors’ support for the new IndieGoGo campaign will cover costs of finishing the episode which includes editing, archival and music licensing, onlining, sound mixing and other post-production costs. “People are often surprised by how much making quality film and TV costs. It requires a lot of hard work from a team of talented people to ensure we make the best possible show. Extreme Metal deserves the same high-production value and attention to detail that we gave the other Metal Evolution episodes”, adds Dunn. “I’m not getting paid to make this episode but what matters to me is that the Metal Evolution series is finally completed!”

Watch the 11 episodes of Metal Evolution here:

In Canada: http://www.muchmore.ca/metal-evolution/
In USA: http://www.vh1.com/shows/metal_evolution/series.jhtml

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Banger Films to Release Extended Cut of Gaahl Interview for the First Time

Continuing in their efforts to fund the production of the “LostEpisode” of the Metal Evolution series, Banger Films isoffering fans for the first time ever an extended cut of director Sam Dunn’s interview with Norwegian Black Metal singer Gaahl, past member of Gorgoroth. Gaahl’s interview has been cited as one of the most compelling and entertaining interviews Sam Dunn has ever conducted.

The video will be delivered digitally when the campaign wraps up in mid-December.

In 2004 Sam, Scot, and the Banger Films crew traveled to Bergen, Norway to interview him for their groundbreaking documentary Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey. According to Dunn, “as the crew started to set up cameras, lights, etc… Gaahl insisted that everyone move to the wine cellar where the room is lit only by candlelight.” What resulted is one of the most memorable interviews in the history of Metal documentaries

Banger Films have issued a call to arms to the global Metal community to help make the “Lost Episode” of the Metal Evolution series by means of a crowd funding campaign on IndieGoGo. For just $5.00 fans can pre-order the episode which will be delivered to them via secure e-mail link once the production is finished. There are other campaign perks available as well, such as the opportunity to have renowned artist Vince Locke design an exclusive custom tattoo and have Banger Films cover the ink costs. Alternatively, why not order a giant size “Metal Family Tree” poster? Yet another one-off only available as a campaign perk!

For more information and to find out how you can help make this episode happen visit www.indiegogo.com/ExtremeMetal.

Watch the 11 episodes of Metal Evolution here:
In Canada: http://www.muchmore.ca/metal-evolution/
In USA: http://www.vh1.com/shows/metal_evolution/series.jhtml

AWARD-WINNING BANGER FILMS’ CALL TO ARMS TO THE METAL COMMUNITY

Due to an overwhelming demand from metal fans worldwide, Grammy-nominated and Juno award-winning Banger Films is setting out to raise funds to make what has become known as “The Lost Episode” a reality. Metal Evolution: Extreme Metal “The Lost Episode” covers co-director Sam Dunn’s favorite genres: Death Metal, Black Metal and Grindcore, and he is reaching out to metal fans to help make it happen:

Metal Evolution – The Lost Episode: Extreme Metal from Banger Films on Vimeo.

“Hundreds of fans have emailed us demanding, pleading, that we do this episode,” says Banger Films co-founder Sam Dunn. “So in response we’re launching an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funding within the Metal community to finance the episode. The goal is to raise $175,000 in 90 days!” The campaign kicked off Friday, September 14th. Details of the campaign, including cool donor gifts at various contribution levels can be found here: http://www.indiegogo.com/ExtremeMetal

Originally broadcast on VH1 Classic (USA) and Much More Music (Canada), Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn’s series Metal Evolution presented 11 episodes based on their “Heavy Metal Family Tree” originally shown in their groundbreaking documentary, Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey. Host and metalhead-turned-anthropologist Sam Dunn crisscrossed the globe exploring the vast history of Heavy Metal across its 40+ year history, covering everything from the Pre-History of Metal and Shock Rock to Grunge and Thrash Metal. But one very important episode was left out: Extreme Metal. Perceived to be perhaps too niche or “extreme” to attract enough audience interest, the episode did not see the light of day, ironic considering it is Heavy Metal’s most vibrant and fastest growing genre.

“For many fans, including myself, extreme metal is massively important. It continues to push metal forward, both sonically and aesthetically,” says Sam. Alex Webster, co-founder/bass player of death metal legends Cannibal Corpse, agrees: “There’s really no way that you could tell the complete story of heavy metal without including a chapter that covers extreme metal. And given their knowledge, experience, and passion for the genre of heavy metal, I think that Banger Films are the most qualified people to do it!”

Contributors’ support will send Sam on a global journey from San Francisco and Tampa to the United Kingdom, Norway and Sweden to investigate the history, myths and intricacies of extreme metal. Sam will unravel the lineage between Extreme Metal’s divergent branches – Death Metal, Grindcore and Black Metal – and meet with the sub-genre’s most influential sonic architects, including members of Death, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Carcass, Napalm Death, Entombed, Emperor, Dimmu Borgir, Opeth, Enslaved and many more. The result will be an unforgettable portrait of metal’s most iconoclastic sub-genre.

Watch the 11 episodes of Metal Evolution here:
In Canada: http://www.muchmore.ca/metal-evolution/
In USA: http://www.vh1.com/shows/metal_evolution/series.jhtml